How to Load a DLL

Level of difficulty: Easy

Dynamic Link Libraries or DLLs is a group of executable functions providing one or more specific functions for a wide range of Windows applications. They are small components of an entire program that gains access to various Windows functions either by producing a dynamic link or a static link to the DLL. A dynamic link is produced by the application as the need arises, while a static link remains the same while executing a program. DLL files are produced by software developers such as Microsoft. The files are usually created as a component of several software packages. 

Materials Needed:
- Computer
- Internet connection
Step 1
Right-click the mouse and then copy the file name of the .dll file. Record on a piece of paper the information or if not, create a word document and then copy and paste the information on the document created. It is necessary to record the information in order to back up the document in the event that the computer shuts down. 
Step 2
Open a browser to direct the user to a search engine or if not, visit the website DLL-files.com. Once a search engine has been accessed, search for entries and information regarding downloading .dll files. A number of websites particularly DLL-files.com have comprehensive list of .dll files that can be downloaded for free. 
Step 3
Left-click on the first letter of the file found from the list of .dll files that begin with a similar letter. If the user has access to the file’s complete name, type the file name or copy and paste it on the search window. 
Step 4
Click on the hyperlink with the file name in preparation of the loading of the file. To start the loading process and to allow the display of a new screen before the user, click on the prompt stating 'Click here to download the file'. Once the new screen appears, click the prompt saying 'Download (file name)'. 
Step 5
Click the 'Open' button appearing within the Windows dialog box and follow the prompts provided for installation of the file into the computer system. Press 'Save' to save all the information installed on the computer hard drive. The user may choose the folder where the information may be saved before pressing the 'Save' box. 
Step 6
In some instances, the user must perform a system reboot in order to properly register the new .dll file downloaded into the system. On systems using Windows XP and Windows Vista, the .dll file may be successfully installed by going to 'Start' then 'Run' and typing 'regsvr32 filename.dll' before finally clicking 'OK'.


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